Beyond the Vineyards: Sample Northern Portugal & Spain
Think you know Portugal and Spain? Discover the vineyards, history and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of northern Portugal and Spain on this inspiring adventure.
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Program No. 22812RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Rich in vineyards, Roman history and impressive cuisine, the northern regions of Portugal and Spain are a delight to be discovered. From the shores of the North Atlantic to the banks of the Douro River Valley, experience these distinct areas that are home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore historic fishing villages, ride along the canals of Aveiro via a Molicero boat and meet locals who introduce you to folklore, traditional music and cuisine.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Savor Portuguese cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with a local chef and gourmet dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Discover the vineyards and history of the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Trace Roman history through the towns of Lugo, Las Medulas and Leon, and marvel at the well-preserved Roman aqueduct in Segovia.
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Paula Cristina Alonso Fernandes
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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